For a few years now, I’ve wanted to work on a collaborative project with these talented women, so, naturally, when I was invited to participate, I jumped at the chance to join them! Since my time in the kitchen canning preserves, making tomato sauces and soups is coming to an end, the timing for this quilting collaboration is perfect!
I knew I wanted to make my version of Claire’s quilt design modern while keeping with the traditional quilt elements. To realize my vision, I turned to the colorful fabrics of the Wave Texture collection by Benartex.
While I love modern quilts, which are typically created using solid or low volume fabrics, I also love my quilts to have texture and movement. These elements are created by both the quilting techniques as well as fabrics used. For this project, I chose the very colorful fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex. This collection offers both the texture of traditional and, from a distance will have a solid, modern look to it.
Below are the fabric requirements for my modern version of the Spectrum quilt with finished dimensions measuring 67” x 80”.
Note: I added ⅛ – ½ yard to the actual fabric quantities required.
¾ yd Medium Red 2966-15
1 yd Dark Red 2966-19 (including binding)
1¼ yd Cayenne 2966-20
¼ yd Sun 2966-31
¾ yd Amber 2966-32
¼ yd Honey 2966-24
1 yd Pumpkin 2966-38
½ yd Tangerine 2966-39
½ yd Forest 2966-45
½ yd Basil 2966-46
3½ yd Cobalt 2966-53
¾ yd Sky 2966-55
2¼ yd Medium Red 2966W-15 (wide back)
Block 1 is a 16-patch block.
Before beginning construction of the first block, below are the cutting instructions:
Piece A – cut four 3½” x 3½” squares from Cayenne
Piece B – cut one 7¼” x 7¼” square from Cayenne
Piece C – cut four 3⅞” x 3⅞” squares from Sky
Piece D – cut one 3” x 6” rectangle from each of Pumpkin and Tangerine
Piece E – cut two 3⅞” x 3⅞” squares from Dark Red
With the fabric pieces cut, I’m ready to start assembling the first block using the layout diagram below as a guide.
Take two different colored pieces of D fabric and place them in a pair with the right sides together. As shown in the photo below, draw a vertical line 3” from the edge on the back of one of the D fabric pieces. Draw a diagonal line from the upper left corner down to where the vertical line touches the edge of the fabric then pivot your ruler and draw another diagonal line from the bottom of the first diagonal line to the upper right corner. Sew a seam on each side of both diagonal lines.
Note: All seams are ¼” today.
Step 2: After sewing the seams, cut along each of the drawn lines as shown below.
Step 3: Press the seams.
Step 4: Take two of the HSTs made in Steps 1 and 2 and sew them together side by side as shown below. Repeat Step 4 for the remaining two HSTs just created.
Step 5: With right sides together, sew both rectangular units together to create a square as shown below. Press the seam.
Step 6: Next, take both E fabric pieces and make one diagonal cut from corner to corner.
Step 7: As shown below, sew a triangle piece made from fabric E in step 6 to each side of the block completed in step 5. Press the seam towards the darker fabric.
Step 8: The next step is to take two C fabric pieces and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each piece. Then, with right sides together, place each C piece on top of the fabric B piece. Ensure the fabrics are placed right sides together on the opposite corners of the B piece as shown in the following photo.
Step 9: Sew a straight seam on each side of the diagonal line drawn on the C pieces, then cut along the diagonal line and press the seam.
Step 10: Next, take the two remaining C fabric pieces and place them on the corner of each B fabric section with the diagonal line starting at the corner as shown below. Then, sew a straight seam on each side of the diagonal line.
Step 11: After sewing, cut along the diagonal line between the seams and press them away from the center.
Step 12: Take two of the C/B units completed in Step 11 and sew them, right sides together to the opposite sides of the block’s center. Spectrum QAL Block 1 using Benartex Wave Texture fabric.
Step 13: Almost finished! With right sides together, sew the four A fabric pieces to the ends of the two C/B units constructed in Step 11. Sew rows to the center section of the block.
Step 14: To finish, sew each A/B/C row-unit created in Step 13 to each side of the central unit made in Step 12.
I enjoyed seeing Claire Haillot’s version of Block 1 using The Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection from Anthology Fabrics. Now, I’m very much looking forward to seeing Elaine Theriault’s first block featuring fabrics from the Blue Stitch collection from Riley Blake, next week!
I totally loved using the fabrics from the Wave Texture collection by Benartex today. The color pallet definitely gave me the result I was looking for in the first block. I can’t wait to see the completed quilt.
I’m curious to know which of the three fabric collections you’ll choose to make your quilt for the Spectrum QAL 2020. Please share photos of your chosen fabrics and completed blocks in the comments below and join me again in two weeks for my version of Block 2!